Here we are again with the annual ballot for elections to the Green Party Executive (commonly known as GPEx) around the corner and all the candidates have been announced. Each year we elect about half of the members of GPEx on a 2 year term with the other half of members being elected the following year, including the leadership of the party. This year we have Local Party Support Co-ordinator, Finance Co-ordinator, Internal Communications Co-ordinator, Policy Development Co-ordinator and Publications Co-ordinator. For a full list of candidates you can read the article here on Bright Green. Bright Green also have articles interviewing the candidates and I'm sure they'll have more coming out. There are also 5 positions on the Policy Development Committee being elected. There will be several hustings throughout July and voting takes place in August with the results being announced in September.
I will be listing below all of my recommendations for this election. I have to say I haven't felt this excited about a GPEx election for a fair few years. We have more progressive, inclusive and elections focussed candidates and fewer candidates for whom I am unwilling to vote for than ever before. There's 2 sides to every position that I look at when choosing to endorse candidates: candidates who will make the right political decisions while on GPEx (both in terms of political policy and political strategy), and candidates with experience in the areas of responsibility of the position they have stood for. Given that GPEx is a body that makes important political decisions for the party I believe it's critical that we elect candidates with the right politics. All of the candidates I am endorsing are supportive of trans rights and if elected will fight transphobia in the party where they can. But it's also important that we elect candidates with the relevant skills and experience, and I believe we have some really talented candidates this year.
It's worth noting that Jonathan Bartley has just announced that he will be stepping down as co-leader at the end of July. From that point Sian Berry will become acting leader for the party, and a new election for both leader and deputy leader will then take place. The timescale for that election is yet to be published but it is most likely to take place in the Autumn this year. Given that no candidate has been announced for that election I will not be discussing the leadership election here but will make a separate post when all the candidates have been announced.
The role of Finance Co-ordinator is effectively the role of treasurer of the party. It's a really important role and it is one of 2 posts that are being elected unopposed this year. That being said, I am more than happy to endorse Jon Nott for this position.
Jon Nott has been a member of the Green Party for over 15 years now. He was first elected to GPEx in 2006 when he was elected as Publications Coordinator. He has been the Finance Co-ordinator since 2018 and has been doing a fabulous job. In his professional career he has financial experience working for various coops and not-for-profit organisations. Jon has always been a big supporter of green causes and currently is Chief Executive for Woodcraft Folk and also works for the Campaign Against the Arms Trade.
Equality and Diversity Co-ordinator
Equality and Diversity Co-ordinator is a very important position for which I feel we need a change. As a party I feel that for years we have been performing poorly when it comes to equality and diversity issues. This is partly a personal issue and partly it is because our organisational and governance systems are not fit for purpose and need a major overhaul. For this election I will be enthusiastically endorsing Ashley Routh for this position.